Does anyone know which days the train goes from Hanoi to Nanning in China? I heard it only goes on two days a week and apparently the online schedules from the Vietnamese railway are not correct. I want to go Liuzhou eventually but as you don't cover China I won't go into much detail here.
Any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks.
#1 Danka has been a member since 23/4/2006. Posts: 24
Train Hanoi - Naning leaves every Tuesday and Friday at 18h30 pm. arrive in Nanning at 8h50 am next day.
You must have Chines Visa to book the train ticket. Can make Visa in Hanoi, takes 4days normally.
Why you can't use Vietnam Railway website? Check again with www.vr.com.vn
Any more needs, ask me.
Thanks to both of you for the info. I'm not sure what to believe now. The Vietnamese railway website says Tuesdays and Thursdays. Someone else told me they go Tuesdays and Saturdays. Very confusing.
#4 Danka has been a member since 23/4/2006. Posts: 24
I'm sorry. I did check with Hanoi station again and they just change the schedule. International Train Hanoi - Beijing leave every Tuesday and Thursday, 18h30.
Sorry for my mistake.
Doesw anyone have any experience of catching this train - I'd like to do it, but I've heard rumours that it stops for ages at the border, and customs/immingration is easier crossing on foot?
#6 pauljaymes has been a member since 10/7/2006. Posts: 75
Thanks very much, Thu. I will rely on trains going Tuesday and Thursday then.
I'm sorry I can't help you, Pauljaymes, I haven't done the trip before. I've heard it is alright though.
#7 Danka has been a member since 23/4/2006. Posts: 24
Thu's original reply was correct, it leaves on tuesdays and fridays at 18:30.
That's a reply I just got for the train to Bejing, which costs about 110 USD.
Trains to Bejing take 52 hours. Very confusing indeed !
There is a bus service to NanNing - actually one bus each way, daily. I will dig out the info and post within two days.
The train does wait ages at the border.
VN Rail is running a Ha Noi >> NanNing service twice weekly "in the fall" - but the question is when does fall start.
#9 DakLak has been a member since 28/8/2006. Posts: 57
ABOUT THE BUS SERVICE
As promised I have the poop on the daily Ha Noi >> NanNing and NanNing >> Ha Noi bus service.
I got this courtesy < www.wompom.ca/vietnam >. In HA NOI you make contact with: Kim Lien Hotel [+(0)-4-577-0434 / +(0)-4-577-0809] where the bus starts / terminates its runs.
OR Son Duc Bus Company [ +(0)-25-716-077] or [0915035-912]
The bus leaves KimLien Hotel, No. 7 Dao Duy Anh Street, Han Noi every morning SHARP at 08.00H and delivers you to the border where you walk through customs and then get on a nicer Chinese bus that takes you to NanNing's NANG FANG HOTEL or the NanNing LANG DONG BUS STATION.
The reverse route has the same time and locations.
No more haggling with the rip-off artists at Ping Xiang!
#10 DakLak has been a member since 28/8/2006. Posts: 57
FAST CONNECTION: NANNING, GUANGXI & HA NOI, VIETNAM
Until recently travel between Ha Noi, VietNam and NanNing, the capital of GuangXi Province, China has been a series of bad experiences and exposure to various scam artists who overcharge you.
A writer on VietNam.VirtuallyThere.Ca recently discovered the better way - a daily bus service between the two cities. (Used with permission)
HA NOI CONNECTION
Departure: Kim Lien Hotel, 7 Dao Duy Anh Street, Dong Da District, Ha Noi, Viet Nam (Tel: +84-(0)-4-577-0434; +84-(0)-4-577-0809
Check-in Time: 08.00H; Departure Time: 0830H (prompt)
Operator: Son Duc Auto Transportation Association Company (Division - VietNam Lang Son Auto): Tel: +84-(0)-25-716-077; Fax: +84-(0)-4-25-716-097. Mobile: +84-091-503-5912.
Departure: NanNing Nang Fang Hotel, 76 Chao Yang Lu, NanNing: Check-in Time: 07.00H Departure Time:07.30H AND Departure: NanNing Langdong Bus Station: Check-in Time: 07.30H Departure Time:08.00H
This is quicker than rail - even the new Duon Sat/VN Railways service.
#12 DakLak has been a member since 28/8/2006. Posts: 57
I didn't make it onto the Hanoi-Beijing train in the end because it was full on the days I tried to book.
However, having seen the timetable and spoken to some folks on the ground I don't think the border crossing is as bad as all that; part of the misunderstanding seems to be down to the fact that the timetable includes the one hour time difference between Vietnam and China as part of the stop at the border - ie the stop is an hour less than it may at first appear to be!
#13 pauljaymes has been a member since 10/7/2006. Posts: 75
I took the Hanoi -Nam Ninh (Guangxi, China) train at 7:25 pm on Aug. 30 (Sun) and arrived here in Nam Ninh (or Nanning) at 10:12 am on Aug. 31st (i.e., today).
If someone want to take this route, better go to "Ga Gia Lam" in Hanoi (I went to Hanoi train station and Gia Lam bus station so I was in trouble last night). The fare is 325,000 VND (18 U$).
I. Travelling Time =
* From Ga Gia Lam (Dept. at 7:25 pm) to Dong Dang (Vietnam border town; arrived at 12:00 MN): It took about 4 1/2 hours.
* At Dong Dang Border: The train stopped 2 hours and 55 min. I think it's because of passenger exit clearance... Last night only 7 passengers but if we have had 100 passengers, it may take that much of time). Vietnam Immigration and Customs officers were very kind!
* From Dong Dang (dept. at 3;00 am) to Pingxiang (China border town; arrived at 4:00 am) by same train
* At Pingxiang Immigration: 2 hours of Immigration (4:00 am to 6:00 am) - The Chinese Immigration Officers were very kind too.
* From Pingxiang (Dept. at 6;00 am) to Nam Ninh (or Nanning; Arrived at 10:12 am): The train was very comfortable, and I have enjoyed it very much.
* According to my travel experiences, the train staff are all kind deep in their heart. I've overheard their conversation in Chinese about an Israeli lady traveler and that's what I could say)^^
II. Where to Buy Ticket?
For me, I bought the ticket from a travel agency in Old Quarters and have paid 35 U$ (630,000 VND)
However, the real price is 325,000 + 30,000 for sleeper = 355,000 VND. An Israeli lady bought the train ticket at the Ga Gia Lam just 2 hours before the departure time and paid only 325,000 VND. She took the sleeper too.
III. The traveler has to obtain Chinese visa in advance if he or she will take this route.
#14 bykim329 has been a member since 31/8/2009. Posts: 2
Thank you for your very well documented travel fron Vietnam to Nanning.
I will be doing the Nanning to Hanoi, and found your writup very good.
I am English, so presume no need a Vietnam visa ? I already have Chinese visa.
I am going to Vietnam, and will look for some close by beaches.
Can you suggest any,
#15 uk_vette has been a member since 26/12/2010. Posts: 2